If you’re reading this, you’ve gone past the most important bit. It’s the ‘Shop – Click Here for Books’ just above this line!
It’s been a very full on couple of weeks. From creating this website, through to working out how to make it work in practice (the shop in Tetbury is now in effect a distribution centre), to dealing with the technical glitches (like sorting out various PayPal issues and discovering that 40+ enquiry emails had disappeared into a black hole), to finally sitting at home on Good Friday morning to draw breath.
We’ve also been affected by the closure of the UK’s book wholesalers, which means that we are wholly reliant on publishers and their distributors – who all have their own issues, and lead times stretching to a week to ten days.
However, we are sending out 20+ orders a day (mostly by post), and working through the backlog of enquiries. It’s also something of a challenge dealing with these as they come at us via the website, email, phone, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Which is fine, but it’s a lot to deal with, and only me (Hereward) doing the shop, and Kim doing the website.
That said, we are lucky. We are all safe and well, and all of us in the shop are doing our bit to keep the bookshops going and – hopefully – come out the other side.
I also get the pleasure of delivering to people, which is, actually, lovely. Without exception, people are tremendously grateful and appreciative, and love getting their books delivered.
Thanks to everyone. Have the best Easter you can.